Tuesday, May 17, 2011

One candidate, two candidate, which red candidate will challenge the blue candidate?

Yesterday my not doing anything was interrupted by the news that everyone's favorite hairdo was no longer running for president. It appears the Donald has decided that campaigning takes too much time away from his celebrity apprentice show and combing his hair.

I think the real reason is that Trump's campaign was such a joke from the start that even Trump eventually acknowledged it. Thus, dropping out now while he is still considered a contender is better than waiting until he is laughed out of the race. Trump is a publicity man and now that he got us talking about him his work is done.

Either that or the roasting of Trump that President Obama and Seth Meyers carried out at the correspondent's dinner finally hit Trump and he needs to recover.

Here is Trump's official announcement.

After getting this news I eagerly tuned in to the Daily Show and the Colbert Report to hear the last of the Trump jokes and was shocked to learn that Mike Huckabee had also taken himself out of the race.

I was puzzled by this decision; why would Mike Huckabee, a reasonable, respected, and Chuck Norris endorsed Republican, give up when the Republican candidacy was still up-for-grabs?

I am still not sure why Huckabee dropped out. It could be that he didn't want to sell-out to the base to beat tea party candidates like the looney Michele Bachmann and, if she gets around to running, Sarah Palin. It could also be due to the fact that it is seems more and more like Obama is going to be very difficult to beat and Huckabee doesn't want to struggle through a tumultuous primary just to lose; he could be biding his time for 2016.

Here is Huckabee's announcement on his Fox News show.

As usual with news like this, Colbert says it best. So here is the Report's take on the two dropouts.

With the most egotistic and out of touch candidate as well as the most humble and down to earth candidate gone, what will the Republican party come up with?

I think the candidates to watch are Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, and Sarah Palin- if she steps in.

I don't think Gingrich, especially if he keeps showing his age by trying to appeal to youth, has it in him anymore.

I would like to see Bachmann get the nod, but only because I would have the satisfaction of watching Obama annihilate her in the general election.

Whoever the Republican's come up with, he or she will have a tough time running against Obama, for good reason. But all I know for sure is that I finally get to vote for President Obama and I can't wait to do so.


Montana said...

So “The Donald” finally “Dumped The TRUMP” and “The Huckster” is gone too, who will take over the “GOP BIRTHER” reigns? Poor BIRTHERs they just rattled your cages and you came a running, Ha, Ha, SUCKERS!

So will Mitch Daniels defunding Planned Parenthood real help our economy or is it a play to help the TeaBParty forget the he was Budget Director for "W" and his ability to worsen jobs, the deficits, and our economy, WOW, good luck with that dullard.

Tim Ryan said...

A lot of people think that Huckabee's dropping out is a sign that the Republican establishment doesn't think it can beat Obama. I think it's more a feeling of uncertainty than outright defeat from the right, especially after the Bin Laden victory (I use "victory" in a purely political sense, as cynical as that may be), and Huckabee doesn't want to commit to a long, possibly pointless campaign and give up his cushy Fox News job.